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International survey finds that Islam is largely characterised by ignorance, misogyny and homophobia

THE World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society is the title of a new research study published by the Pew Research Center  – and it makes for grim reading.

The survey involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages with Muslims across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa  – but not Saudi Arabia and Iran, where, the researchers note:

Political sensitivities or security concerns prevented opinion research among Muslims.

Asked, for example, whether the death penalty should be imposed on those who leave Islam, the answer was a resounding “Yes” in countries such as Egypt (86 percent), Jordan (82 percent), Afghanistan (79 percent) and Malaysia (62 percent).

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Asked whether women must always obey their husbands, 96 percent of Malaysian Muslims said “Yes”. Closely behind was Afghanistan (94 percent),  Indonesia (93 percent) and Morocco (92 percent).

On the subject of homosexuality, Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa proved the most homophobic, with 99 percent in Cameroon saying it was “morally unacceptable”. Closely behind was Ethiopia (98 percent), Ghana (97 percent) and Nigeria (94 percent). The country that scored lowest was was Kosova, where “only” 73 percent regarded it as unacceptable.

In a summary of the survey, Pew says the percentage of Muslims who say they want sharia to be “the official law of the land” varies widely around the world, from fewer than one-in-ten in Azerbaijan (eight percent) to near unanimity in Afghanistan (99 percent). But solid majorities in most of the countries surveyed across the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia favour the establishment of sharia, including 71 percent of Muslims in Nigeria, 72 percent in Indonesia, 74 percent in Egypt and 89 percent in the Palestinian territories.

On a more positive note, the survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion, and fully 96% of those who share this assessment say it is “a good thing.”

Yet 84 percent of Pakistani Muslims favour enshrining sharia as official law. These seemingly divergent views are possible partly because most supporters of sharia in Pakistan – as in many other countries – think Islamic law should apply only to Muslims. Moreover, Muslims around the globe have differing understandings of what sharia means in practice.

Many Muslims favour democracy over authoritarian rule, believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time and say they personally enjoy Western movies, music and television – even though most think Western popular culture “undermines public morality”.

At least half of Muslims in most countries surveyed say they are concerned about religious extremist groups in their country, including two-thirds or more of Muslims in Egypt (67 percent), Tunisia (67 percent), Iraq (68 percent), Guinea Bissau (72 percent) and Indonesia (78 percent). On balance, more are worried about Islamic extremists than about Christian extremists.

16 Responses to “International survey finds that Islam is largely characterised by ignorance, misogyny and homophobia”

  1. sailor1031 says:

    Quelle surprise!

    “On balance, more are worried about Islamic extremists than about Christian extremists. – Yeah, me too!

  2. jay says:

    Inevitably, someone will bring up Eric Rudolph etc or the Crusades and say ‘see Christians do it to’, but ignore the numerous mob killings world wide (both Muslim on Muslim and Muslim on other) involving thousands of people.

    The question is not what the religion teaches, or what’s in the holy book, it’s how the religion is implemented in this world at this time. At the moment, Islam is the most barbaric major religion on the planet.

    Of course what mobs, or leaders do is not necessarily the same as individual people. We need always to keep that in mind.

  3. L.Long says:

    And the difference between islame and xtian is what???
    The violence?? Well that is true only because xtians live mostly in secular law countries and is not the main power base.
    Their beliefs are almost the same. Hate gays, women, and wants everyone to follow their rules.
    Where the laws are receptive the xtians have no problem killing gays (africa), women (ireland), or witches (africa).

    But then I’ve been accused of being an islamophobe, which isn’t a real thing as there is no such medical condition. But I answered NO I’m not, I’m a religiophobe! but not really because a phobia is irrational, look at the world and their ‘moral guide book’ and there is nothing irrational about it.’

  4. Angela_K says:

    L.Long. Good point. How often do we hear the christians whining “you wouldn’t say that about muslims” which suggests the christians have a propensity for violence just as much as the muslims – when they can away with it.

  5. Stonyground says:

    If you have a religion that has to kill people who manage to work out that it isn’t true, doesn’t that suggest strongly that it isn’t true? Not only that, doesn’t it suggest that the followers of that religion know that it isn’t true?

  6. Brian Jordan says:

    On a more positive note, the survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths.

    What kind of religious freedom would they favour though – jizya-paying dhimmitude, perhaps?

  7. Lazy Susan says:

    Religion flourishes in poverty and ignorance. Islam promulgates poverty and ignorance.

  8. L.Long says:

    Just like the xtians the islame omni-everything gawd is a cowardly weakling. Consider how IT needs its followers to do all the terror work for him like passing oppressive laws and then needing its sheeple to enforce them thru violence. Mean while the omni-everything gawd sits around invisible and impotent.
    You would think (if they could) they would get the message.
    George Carlin showed this on stage when he said ‘if I’m wrong hit me with lightning’, he never was hit.

  9. L.Long says:

    As Stonyground observes they most likely know islame is a lie.
    I have heard ‘true believers’ say they where not true muslins….that sounds vaguely familiar? I’ve heard something like that somewhere???
    Others have said that it is not so much religion that is evil (I think it is) but that it is the cultural influence that pushes the religion to support their evil. I think one influences and supports the other until there is no difference.

  10. Trevor Blake says:

    three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion.”

    Of course they do, as this is part of Sharia law. As long as a Jew or Christian pays an extra tax, never prosthelytizes, never builds a new place of worship, never repairs an old place of worship, never rules over a Muslim (etc. etc. etc.) then they are welcome to the same second-class citizenship as any Muslim woman is afforded.

  11. Marky Mark says:

    (Inevitably, someone will bring up Eric Rudolph etc or the Crusades and say ‘see Christians do it to’, but ignore the numerous mob killings world wide)

    …OK, how about Jim Jones and the force suicides he demanded? Jones was under investigation in the USA so he ran to S. America. When investigated down there in regards to forcing his followers to stay…he had the investigating committee and his followers who wanted to leave shot to death at the airport.

    Sounds awfully familiar to, “whether the death penalty should be imposed on those who leave Islam”

  12. RussellW says:

    “Many Muslims favour democracy over authoritarian rule,” yeah sure.

    According to earlier Pew surveys in the ME, most Moslems have absolutely no idea what the term “liberal democracy” really means, apart from free elections.

    @Jay,

    “it’s how the religion is implemented in this world at this time.”

    Yes, indeed, Islamic apologists can’t excuse Moslem behaviour by quoting platitudes from the Q’ran, like any holy scripture there are a thousand interpretations.

  13. Pagan Pete says:

    “International survey finds that Islam is largely characterised by ignorance, misogyny and homophobia.”

    And in other world news today the Vatican admits that the pope is catholic and the publishing of Timothy Treadwell’s diaries reveal that bears do indeed defecate in the woods.

  14. Matt Westwood says:

    For all the danger of Islam, it seems to be the case that they kill more of each other than they do non-Muslims.

  15. Lazy Susan says:

    Matt – Quite so. This is explained by Darwin in Origin of Species, though you have to apply it to species of meme rather than biological species. In this case, religious memes mutate and diverge, which is called schism in religion. But the separating schisms are very similar, which means that they are competing for the same resources, ie believers. The middle ground gets exterminated and the extremes go their relatively separate ways.

    The same thing happens in revolutions. Having read The Anatomy of Revolution I now predict that in Egypt, for example, the moderates who initially gain power (because there are more of them, better organised) over the reactionaries, will themselves lose out to the more extreme liberal wing. Which is good news.